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Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,878 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,878
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 80
Gots: 111 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2001)
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dblinkhorn

California

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

Poured 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Appearance - Poured a medium pure white head that is very velvety at the top and soapy below the surface. The head still hasn't dissipated from the rim of the glass and it's been about five minutes since I poured it. The color of the beer is a light straw hue.

Smell - The smell is pretty sweet. I can pick up traces of nectarine, white wine grape, pear, and some very slight notes of spice. The beer also smells crisp and citrusy--slightly--from the hops. The malt smells clean and raw and is in the background. I can smell no alcohol whatsoever.

Taste - Very light taste. The first thing that hits me is the raw malt flavor and the pear tastes. Quickly behind that is a fairly weak flavor of citrusy and crisp hops. A slight presence of spice sets into the aftertaste and remains in your mouth for a while, along with the raw malt flavor. There is very little to no alcohol burn. It is also very crisp and clean tasting.

Mouthfeel - Excellent level of carbonation on this particular brew. It is light- to medium-bodied and there is no unpleasantness to this brew at all, but this comes with a bit of a sacrifice to flavor. However, it is still a quite tasty little brew, more than you'd expect by looking at it.

Drinkability - This stuff has such a nice carbonation and easy, smooth mouthfeel that it's literally easier to drink than a Budweiser. Perfect drinkability - 5.0.

Overall, this is a brew that is somewhat lighter in flavor for most of what Unibroue produces, but it's definitely up to par with the quality one comes to expect from such a brewer. Definitely recommended, and a perfect summer refreshment beer. Would be great after a physical chore or just to sip on your porch on a hot day. A fine brew.

08-15-2006 03:03:25 | More by dblinkhorn
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -23.4%

I don't know, I didn't find the appeal in this one. Unibroue makes tremendous dark belgians, but this one, was way overpriced and average. I've had much better American witbiers. Has a decent soapy head, no lacing down the glass. Smells more of sour fruit, like lemon than banana. Tastes about the same, again not a bad brew, but nothing worth seeking out.

08-14-2006 16:38:36 | More by bigdeuce
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doppelmeup

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%

This was my first experience with a witbier.

Poured a lemony yellow into an oversized wine glass. Half inch head with nice carbonation throughout.

Aromas typical of a Belgian ale, but very subdued.

The flavor was as notable for what it had as much as for what it did not have. Very crisp and clean taste. Hints of citrus and spice. Very subtle flavorings. Extremely balanced. After the first sip, this beer screamed "Drink Me, Now!!"

Thirst quenching, crisp finish.

This beer went down easier than just about any beer I've ever had, especially on a hot summer day. This might be my new beer of choice for the dog days of summer.

08-14-2006 00:59:39 | More by doppelmeup
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brushpig

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

Found at Sams wines, 750 ml bottle

Hazy light yellow hue, with a froathy white head that diminished quickly.

Very light floral aroma, with sweet spices and bananas

Light orange, pepper spices ,mild hop bitterness, light coriander.
Refreshing beer.

I liked it, I do recommend it. I would buy it again if I don't see Hitachino white or Allagash white first.

08-10-2006 20:52:52 | More by brushpig
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%

Blanche De Chambly pours a clear straw yellow color into the glass. A white fizzy head quickly grows on the beer. Just as fast as it grew, the head dissolves to a thin ring around the surface leaving only a couple spots of lace on the glass. A strong aroma of lemon/lime with hints of biscuit malt and yeast greets you before each sip.

This thin to medium bodied beer is moderately carbonated. The flavor is fruity with strong citrus lemon notes. Mixed in are some hints of biscuit and clove. It finishes dry with some grape flavored notes that linger once the beer is gone.

Another great beer from Unibroue. Blanche De Chambly is easy to drink and full of flavor. Definitely worth a try.

08-09-2006 23:58:22 | More by WanderingFool
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hopsaplenty

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Whitewashed lemon. Tiny head of miniscule bright white bubbles that evaporated leaving just a few stray bubbles at the margins. The smell is of faint orange and lemon tartness. Lemon zest and pith freshness along with touches of orange fill the mouth initially, more on the lighter side, but still distinct. There is a nice wheatiness present that leads into a distinctly coriander finish which is not overly long but it doesn’t need to be. These flavors are well meshed and balanced and the light body and ample fine carbonation makes this absolutely drinkable.

08-03-2006 12:33:46 | More by hopsaplenty
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hunteraw

China

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Appearance: Nice pale straw color, lots of bubbles, two finger white head that lasts. No lacing.

Smell: belgian yeast, spice, and orange.

Taste: Light, crisp. Good summer beer. Not as spiced as I was anticipating, corriander and orange are subtle. Hops are spicy and well balanced. Good stuff!

Mouthfeel: light-medium body, with high carbonation. works for the style.

Drinkability: light, refreshing, thirst-quenching. Good introduction for a non-beer drinker.

08-03-2006 01:26:10 | More by hunteraw
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cjgator3

Florida

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours very pale yellow color with nice thick creamy head that leaves nice lacing. Lemon zest and spices are present in the nose. Taste is clean and crisp with some hints of orange peel and a peppery spicyness that finishes dry. Overall a good wit that is very refreshing. This is a good brew for quenching your thirst on a hot day.

08-02-2006 00:44:44 | More by cjgator3
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left a one finger head that had good retention, and left no lacing. Body was a cloudy gold.

Smell - cloves, bananas, and creamy wheat.

Taste - same as the smell. Cloves, spices, bananas, and creamy wheat. Fairly straightforward, nothing complex, but very good in its simplicity.

Mouthfeel - full and creamy with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - this is very good, goes down well, and is very sessionable, especially in warm weather.

07-23-2006 13:16:14 | More by ultralarry2006
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Winter

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

750 mL bottle. Corked and caged top made the customary "pop" when opened. Pours a cloudy pale golden in color with a white head. Aroma of wheat malt, coriander, spicy yeast and citrusy lemon. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with crisp carbonation. Taste starts off with wheat malt and vanilla on the front. Middle exhibits more of a citrus flavor - lemon in combination with coriander. Very low hop bitterness. Green grape skin taste in the finish.

This is a very enjoyable witbier. Not quite my favorite, as it lacks a little something to make it stand out from others in the style, but it's a good beer none-the-less.

07-20-2006 04:00:23 | More by Winter
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vanrassel

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

I poured this from a 341 mL bottle into a Hoegaarden tumbler. It looked great, with a fluffy white head capping an effervescent, hazy golden body with orange highlights.

The smell was a subtle yeasty aroma with slight cloves and citrus. The first sip delivered the same. It finished with a citric tartness that provided a nice little kick to what is an otherwise gentle thirst quencher.

I find a lot of Unibroue beers highly carbonated and this was no exception. In this case, though, it wasn't a good match with the watery mouthfeel.

Still, this is a nice representative of the style and I buy it often in summer.

07-19-2006 03:24:48 | More by vanrassel
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instrumentality

California

2.78/5  rDev -28.5%

I obtained this brew in a 1pt. 9.4oz. bottle with a "best before" date of 02/02/08. I poured it into a gold-rimmed Chimay goblet and was pleased by its somewhat cloudy appearance and its apple cider color with a steady plume of bubbles weaving its way from the stem of the glass to the surface. A 2-finger, very bubbly white head formed, then gradually descended to a thin lace with a ring of bubbles around the edge.

The odor was predominantly what I've come to understand as phenols - a sort of medicinal, band-aidy scent--definitely not my cup of tea. A slightly sweet fruity scent lingered beneath the surface.

This is my third beer from Unibroue, the first being Maudite and the second, Trois Pistoles. Although these were much stronger beers, I immediately detected the same theme in this beer that now officially seems characteristic of their brewing style: a clovey phenol flavor. This taste greatly detracted from my enjoyment of the first two beers, and in this case, I find it even more inappropriate, as I was hoping for something a bit more refreshing like Ommegang, my first witbier. However, I will say that the phenol flavor wasn't quite as intense as with the other two Unibroue offerings, but then again, neither were the other flavors.

Aside from the phenols, there's a *very* subtle sweetness and a not-so-subtle maltiness, but these are overpowered by the band-aid quality.

Mouthfeel was relatively mild, with almost no detection of alcohol, moderate carbonation, and only a slight coating left behind on the palate.

The good news is, this is the first Unibroue I've actually been willing to finish. The band aid flavor isn't exactly appealing, but it's mild enough where I can drink with relative comfort, despite the fact that the beer doesn't have much else to offer in the flavor department.

The bad news is, my patience with this brewery has worn thin, and I don't intend to revisit them any time soon unless someone else is buying and/or understands my complaint with the brews I've tried and can convince me that they offer something else that doesn't share this problem.

07-08-2006 04:27:45 | More by instrumentality
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured a cloudy light fold with high carbonation, especially at first, forming a large white head that quickly became a well-retained lace.
The smell was thin - just a fresh mild fruity scent.
The taste was a bit thin, some spices, orange peel and a hint of yeast. It finished somewhat dry.
The clean taste and high carbonation give a fizzly, refreshing feel in the mouth.
I can't say that this is a favorite of mine from either the brewery or for the style. It's a bit thin - but refreshing. Not a bad choice.

07-05-2006 21:42:32 | More by jwc215
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JayTheFinn

California

3/5  rDev -22.9%

Had this one at the Alisal Cellars wine/beer tasting room.

A - Cloudy, pale yellow.
S - Slightlyhoppy and sour scent in the nose.
T - Lightly sour on the tongue with a mild citrus flavor. Goes down smooth with a lingering sweet aftertaste.
M - Light mouthfeel.
D - Good on a hot afternoon, but not something I'd drink on a regular basis.

07-04-2006 23:31:29 | More by JayTheFinn
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MCDuhamel

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +21.3%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a large Marzen/Wheat glass. Well-chilled. Formed a large, pillowey, white head that lasted, eventually falling to a centimeter of foam over the beer. Dark straw in color, with a turbidity that is appropriate to the style. Aroma of light clove and bitter orange. The taste is of soft wheat, with the spices coming through on the finish. The mouthfeel is soft and light. This beer is a real quaffer; you can down two before you even notice it. As with most of this brewery's offerings, this is an outstanding example of a Belgian style (in this case wit or blanche de bruge) that often surpasses the Belgian beers available in this country. An excellent wit.

06-30-2006 21:02:54 | More by MCDuhamel
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andrewmartin

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

750ML bottle with a drink by date of 2/1/08.

A: Hazy gold/honey with a white head

S: Notes of honey, cloves, and yeast

T: Starts off very smooth, yeasty, some honey with a spicy, lingering aftertaste

M: Very smooth, almosty creamy with a pleasent tingling background

D: A refreshing summertime beer

A nice example of the style, but nothing overly remarkable

06-29-2006 22:21:28 | More by andrewmartin
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maddamish

Tennessee

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

Short review:

Smell: Orange pulp

Taste: Slight apple chip notes with a strong orange pulp presence. There is a slight cider/Skol tobacco aftertaste here that is quite pleasant.

Ap: Golden and sparkling. Like a champagne. Strong lacing throughout.

Notes: Another excellent beer by an excellent beer company.

06-29-2006 21:56:01 | More by maddamish
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

This is a damn good witbier. Once again Unibroue prevails. I have yet to be disappointed by any of their beers.

The beer pours to a very light yellow, but not quite hazy enough to really look "white." Has a huge white head. Lacing and retention could be better, as well as carbonation.

The smell is nice and light with a fresh coriander and orange peel smell. Also a hint of banana and clove. The taste is just as listed above with a touch of lemon zest in the finish. Very tasty witbier. One of the better I've had.

Hugely drinkable. Very crisp and clean mouthfeel with a very refreshing zest. One of the best summer beers I've had. I highly recommend it.

06-25-2006 05:45:22 | More by neonbrown82
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IntriqKen

California

3.85/5  rDev -1%

Pours a slightly dark yellow for a whitbier. nice single finger white head that melts to fine lacing that lasts and lasts.
Aroma is typical of Unibroure yeasts...very belgium...slightly sweet malt .... only a very faint banana and very nice wheat and fruits.
Taste is very soft sweet malt with light lemon afterwards and a light belgium bready yeast taste, finishing with a slightly peppery wheat sharpness. Nice bright sharp tanginess
Aftertaste is of white pepper and a tiny lemon drying.
Drinkable...and nice, but in my opinion there are many better tasting whits out there at much less money. However, this is a unique whitbier, unlike others.
***
Editing my review on 7/1/06 while enjoying my second bottle of this brew. This time it is the beer I started with so I have a very clean palette with which to judge it.
Much more complexity and bright cleaness noticed with a clean palette.
I enjoyed and respected the brewer's efforts on this beer much more this time around and have made some changes above and increased my rating points accordingly.

06-23-2006 02:40:24 | More by IntriqKen
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Bierschenker

Belgium

4.8/5  rDev +23.4%

I used a octagonal Hoegaarden glass, must be the force of habit. Poured it out quite aggressively and got a nice head as a result. Foamy snow white, but quite rough. It looked rather like a ship at see, floating on my beer.
The colour is just delicious, I want to stop writing and start drinking. A misty solid golden colour. It has some strong carbonation running through.
The beer has a strong citric odour. In the background I think I can find some nice garden spices, hops, honey and freshly harvested grains.
At first, a very fresh taste devellopes. It contains vanilla, freshly plucked garden spices, a few drops of lemon juice and hops. Then evolves in dryer tones. Still a bit sweet, resembles a honey sandwich and also the vanilla is still present. Sprinkled with lemon yuice. Very deeply hidden I feel like there is an ash note.
I think the best way to describe the mouthfeel is like custerd. It’s like a cold sweet vanilla custerd as it fills the mouth.
Very refreshing beer.

I’m falling in love with Unibroue! Needless to say more…

06-22-2006 00:22:21 | More by Bierschenker
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rarevos

New York

3.85/5  rDev -1%

22 oz bottle.

A: poured into goblet. Head was huge at first, then slowly bubbled away to about one finger's worth. Wonderful opaque light yellow.

S: Very, very faint. Citrusy. Hint of coriander. Nothing unexpected for a Belgian-style wit, really.

T: wheat flavor hits first at the front of the mouth, followed by a citrus spiciness at the back. Finish is mild. That's where the coriander lives.

M: Not too tingly. Enough carbonation to make you aware you have a beer in your mouth.

D: I can, and will, drink a few of these. At ~5 dollars for a 22 oz bottle, I'll be returning to this during the summer.

06-20-2006 22:27:44 | More by rarevos
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wjimson

Antarctica

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

Had this on tap at a local bar during the 2006 worldcup soccer period. Some people think that this beer looks like a bacterial culture. I am perfectly receptive to the beer's apperance though. This drink was served a in champagne like glass so there was a nice 2 inch layer of head.

The smells remind me of La fin Du Monde with less alcohol, with a slight champagne like effervescence. A very smooth beer with high floral notes, creamy texture, and a tart aftertaste. I did not notice the taste of the alcohol at all so I cannot comment on it.

A nice beer to have on the patio on a hot sunny day.

06-18-2006 14:05:25 | More by wjimson
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jabocu

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a hazy light yellow/honey color. A very nice three finger white sudsy cap that slowly dissipated to very light lacings. Aroma is very nice with light honey and malty sweetness. Biscuit, yeast, and lots of citrusy lemon. Undertones of anise. Flavor is very near the aroma with biscuit and yeast. Lots of lemon and very slight spice in the back. Very refreshing with a light body. Carbonation is a little above medium. With the citrus, medium carbonation, and low alcohol.... this is a very smooth, quaffable beer. Great Wit!

06-12-2006 23:56:42 | More by jabocu
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headlessparrot

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

My only past experience with Unibroue is La Fin Du Monde, a brew that I felt wasn't quite up to the hype surrounding it. Nevertheless, I purchased a six-pack of Blanche De Chambly when my curiousity got the better of me. Unfortunately, I lack the recommended drinking vessel, so I've tried a number of glasses - a Hoegaarden pint glass (hey, it's the same style) and a Stella Artois tulip/snifter provided the best results, so I'll lean towards my impression from the Stella glass.

This beer pours gorgeously. My only other experience in the witbier style is Hoegaarden, which was one of my favourite brews early in my beer discovery, but this matches it note for note on appearance. Pours from the beautifully elaborate Unibroue bottle into the glass a cloudy yellow-orange, with a very substantial, creamy, and foamy tall white head that lasts for essentially the whole drink (it even seems to grow a little from the first pour). Carbonation is visible as bubbles rise in a flurry; this brew does look great, and is miles ahead of the lemonade-y appearance of Hoegaarden.

Nose seems to be typical of a witbier. Primarily and dominant citrus on the nose - curaco oranges and lemons - but also a graininess, coriander, cloves, bananas, some wheatiness. Smells great, but I can't say that there's anything special here to seperate it from other entries in this category (although it is considerably cheaper than Hoegaarden, the only other Witbier easily available in Ontario).

Taste is initially quite wheaty. The citrus notes quite apparant on the smell dont translate as well to the taste - they're here, but much more subdued. Also apparant is the cloves, coriander, and bananas. Clearly wheaty, with a faint yeasty sort of taste, though heavy carbonation - I think - masks a lot of flavours. Finish isn't bad. Slightly dry, with some pepper notes, but also some sourness that's a little unpleasant, also some more wheat. Good, but not what I've been coaxed to expect from a brewery with the reknown of Unibroue. Truth be told, I'd actually prefer Hoegaarden.

Mouthfeel is average. Very heavy carbonation masks a lot of flavour, but to its credit, this beer has some body, and is enjoyable to drink. It's also - unlike most Unibroue beers - at a reasonable ABV for regular consumption. And I could probably have a few of these in a sitting, though it's a little too sweet to sip all night.

All in all, Blanche De Chambly is a good witbier, but it's hardly spectacular. And - if Beer Advocate wisdom is to be trusted - certainly not on par with Unibroue's other offerings. InBev or not, I'd probably still take a Hoegaarden over this entry, though I would never turn a Blanche De Chambly down. Ever.

06-05-2006 06:00:53 | More by headlessparrot
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Conrad

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Had a glass of draft at the Highlander Pub patio on Rideau Street in the touristy section of the city on a warm summer lunch hour.
Cost was $6.00 a glass.
Appearance: It came in a traditional pint glass, with a nice coating of condensation. The brew is a typical witbier, with a hazy, yellow cloudy appearance, and an impressive creamy off-white head. The foam thinned out in a couple of minutes, but left a pretty lacing to the bottom of the glass.
Smell: First hit is citrus, fruity, hops. Maybe when my sniffer is better educated I will be able to come up with more, but this was enough to set up the anticipation of the first sip.
Taste: Nice big flavour. sour citrus, yeast, spicy overtones, with a long finish that left all of the flavours intact without one overpowering the others. Because of this, I prefer it over others of that ilk, e.g. Hoegarrden.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation that left a bit of activity on the tongue. Good stuff.
Drinkability: Super good on a warm summer day. Wish I could afford several more.
Mouthfeel:

06-02-2006 18:05:37 | More by Conrad
Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 1,878 ratings.